EN­ERGY EF­FI­CIENCY AND LIGHT FIL­TERS

Jen­nifer Veerhuis

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There’s no need to take a one-size fits-all ap­proach with win­dow cov­er­ings. In fact, the old rules should go out the win­dow.

Lux­aflex Win­dow Fash­ions na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager Jenny Brown says it’s best to tai­lor win­dow cov­er­ings to spe­cific ar­eas.

“There is a long­stand­ing idea that ev­ery room should have the ex­act same type of win­dow cov­er­ing to cre­ate a con­sis­tent look, which is not nec­es­sar­ily the case,” she says.

“Con­sis­tency can be achieved by us­ing dif­fer­ent prod­ucts in the same fab­ric and colour.

“Of­ten, the win­dows on south- fac­ing fa­cades will need some­thing very dif­fer­ent to those on west-fac­ing fa­cades.”

Sun­way Hunter Dou­glas Lim­ited mar­ket­ing man­ager Vera Me­harg says it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber win­dow cov­er­ings are not just dec­o­ra­tive.

“Although win­dow cov­er­ings con­tribute greatly to the in­te­rior aes­thetic of the home, their pri­mary func­tion is to con­trol light and pri­vacy,” she says.

“Be­d­rooms gen­er­ally re­quire light block­out and to­tal pri­vacy so­lu­tions whereas liv­ing ar­eas are best served with flex­i­ble op­tions for fil­ter­ing through nat­u­ral light.” While watch­ing the sun­rise can be a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing the sun creep­ing into your bed­room be­fore you’re ready to wake is not so much fun.

Vera Me­harg from Sun­way Hunter Dou­glas says cel­lu­lar shades are a great ad­di­tion to any room in the house.

They are suit­able for larger win­dows and can help reg­u­late heat pen­e­tra­tion and loss.

“Cel­lu­lar shades are great for han­dling widths of just over four me­tres wide with one sin­gle blind and they are de­signed with a unique hon­ey­comb shape that cre­ates pock­ets of en­ergy-sav­ing in­su­la­tion,” Vera says.

“This helps to pre­vent en­ergy from en­ter­ing or leav­ing your home through your win­dows, im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­duc­ing your heat­ing and cool­ing costs in both win­ter and sum­mer.

“Just be wary of low-cost im­ports as the cells will drop out over time sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ca­pa­bil­i­ties.’’

Vera says they can work well for any­one want­ing to block sun­light from en­ter­ing the room.

“Cel­lu­lar shades re­duce light gaps so when part­nered with a block­out fab­ric, they can of­fer a great so­lu­tion,” she says.

These Sun­way cel­lu­lar shades in aged brass colour­ing of­fer block­out pro­tec­tion and im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. Styling: Bree Leech Pic­ture: Mike Baker

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